Kansas Jobless Rate Rose Slightly in March

kansas.jpgUnemployment rose slightly in Kansas in March despite a drop of more than 1,300 applications for initial unemployment benefit claims.

The Kansas Department of Labor reported late Thursday that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose from 5.5 percent in February to 5.6 percent in March. The rate was 5.8 percent in March 2012.

A labor economist says Kansas didn’t add as many jobs that it typically does in March, suggesting a slowdown in economic momentum. The private sector added 3,100 jobs, primarily in construction and leisure and hospitality professions.

Initial claims for jobless benefits fell from 16,388 in February to 15,069 in March. The figure was also below the 17,997 initial claims filed in March 2012. There were some 128,000 people still receiving continued jobless benefits.

  • Brownback

    This is where Brownback should be working instead of sticking his big fat nose in our personal business. Go to work Gov. Why dose it take 6 months to get a Kansas refund? Why are the state troopers some of the lowest paid in the US. Why is the state almost broke? Where is all the taxes going? Time for a Gov that is willing to work for the STATE.

  • tatslady

    This doesn’t show how many people allready exhaused their unemployment funds and are struggling day to day.